JFS Helps Families Have a Better Summer!
August 2018    
Dear Friends,
Mindy's pumpkin patch
This week we begin our official countdown to the start of school - and the Jewish High Holidays. I hope you're taking time to enjoy summer's delights with your friends and family. My garden is overflowing! I hope yours is, too.
Mindy Berkowitz
Executive Director
P.S. See on the right how to share your garden's bounty with appreciative families.
Equipped To Learn
Back-to-School Drive
a Great Success! 
These three sisters from Azerbaijan arrived in the US in May. JFS is teaching their parents English and helping them find jobs...and they're now Equipped to Learn through our Back to School Drive!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed. As we went to press, we have filled nearly 100 backpacks and were busy assembling our shoe gift certificates.
Did you miss our back to school drive? You can still purchase a back to school shoes gift card from Target, or from DSW; and send it to backpack@jfssv.org .  
YA-LIVE Pizza and Gratitude Event
All young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to join  YA-LIVE for our Thank-A-Thon and pizza social.
Sunday, August 19 th  
3:00-6:00 PM onsite at JFS
APJCC in Los Gatos, Suite 202  
We will be making calls to thank JFS supporters from this past year, while having pizza and refreshments.
Refugees Need Help with Housing 
JFS staff members Zoya Lazer and Azita Eshagh recently welcomed two young men who are refugees from Afghanistan. They are being housed initially at the homes of generous community members, but we anticipate that they will be in their own apartment in August.
As a way to open our hearts to refugees who don't have sponsors, we are reaching out to the community for help with housing, transportation, furnishing apartments, food -- just about everything someone would need who comes here with only two suitcases.
If you can help, please contact Zoya Lazer, Director of Refugee and Career Services at (408) 357-7452 or  zoyal@jfssv.org.  
Help families and seniors in need have a happier summer!

Share Your Garden's Bounty!   
Instead of letting your fruits and veggies go to waste, share them with the people Jewish Family Services helps.
Single parent families, isolated seniors, recently-arrived refugees, and unemployed adults who can't afford fresh produce will LOVE your bounty. (Fresh picked only please.)
Deliveries accepted Monday-Thursday.

Crowd Funding Page for Refugee Crisis donations

Some of our generous donors have set up an online funding page at Crowdrise to support our Refugee Crisis 2018 effort.
It makes it easy to donate, and for spreading the word.

Vehicle Donations

Hitting the road this summer in a new car?
Consider donating your trade-in to JFS.  It's easy to give, and the pick-up is free. 

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Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley
14855 Oka Road, Suite 202
Los Gatos, California 95032
(408) 556-0600 phone
(408) 551-0091 fax